December 2020 | Preserving the The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor in Guatemala


This is the first climate change project i have supported through Northside Coffee and fits in perfectly to our coffee business as this impacts on coffee farmers in the region, and also the natural wild life in Costa Rica & Nicaragua where we buy coffee from directly. This deforestation project focuses on the Caribbean coast region of Guatemala and sets out to protect and restore 5,4157 hectares of land.


This project seeks to address the issue of deforestation in Guatemala on a local level. This initiative will have positive climate, community and biodiversity impacts in the project zone. The project reduces CO2 emissions by preventing deforestation caused by the conversion of forests into cropland. The project prevents deforestation by addressing the drivers of deforestation in the project area through effective law enforcement, land-use planning, education, economic opportunities, and sustainable agroforestry initiative. Since the project’s inception, local communities have been actively participating in the project’s formulation and implementation. The early involvement of participating communities has created awareness among community members and readiness for project implementation.

This project is monitored and certified by Verified Carbon Standard.



The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor





This biological corridor is a region that consists of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and some southern states of Mexico. The area acts as a natural land bridge from South America to North America, which is important for species who use the bridge in migration. Due to the extensive unique habitat types, Mesoamerica contains somewhere between 7 and 10% of the world’s known species.

The corridor is home to multiple diverse biomes and is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. These environmental forces create four terrestrial biomes and 19 terrestrial ecoregions. These biomes are a crucial player in our planets ecosystems and the degradation of this hub of biodiversity will have catastrophic impacts across the world.

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